August 11th, 2010
11:55 AM ET
4 years ago

Handel concedes in Georgia

 Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel has conceded in the GOP gubernatorial primary.
Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel has conceded in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

Washington (CNN) – Georgia Republicans have a nominee for governor after former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel conceded the GOP primary Wednesday to ex-Rep. Nathan Deal.

While less than 2,500 votes separated the two candidates in this primary runoff election, Handel told Deal late Wednesday morning that she would not request a recount as allowed under state law if the margin remained under one percent. As of Wednesday, the difference between Deal and Handel was 0.4 percent.

The telephone call, brokered by a mutual friend, lasted for about 10-15 minutes and Handel "said she would encourage her supporters to show the same excitement and enthusiasm for Nathan's candidacy as they did for hers," Deal spokesman Brian Robinson told CNN.

Handel, in a prepared statement released by her campaign, said she decided to forgo a challenge because it was important "to rally around Congressman Deal as our nominee in the fight against Roy Barnes.

"Barnes would return Georgia to a past that is best kept in our rearview mirror. We must marshal all of our resources to defeat him."

Roy Barnes is a former governor, who was the clear victor in the July Democratic primary.

The race made national headlines when several potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates weighed in on it. Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney endorsed Handel, while Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich backed Deal.


Filed under: Georgia • Karen Handel • Nathan Deal
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. vic

    Sarah Palin must stop endorsing candidates republican party must stay away from Palin

    August 11, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. turbanator

    i think Handel would hav won, If she had not been endorsed by palin. yup ppl start to question ur inteligence.

    August 11, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. lou

    Rough Night for the Mama Grizzly's....LOL

    August 11, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Pam

    It goes to show that "support" from Sarah Palin can only hurt a candidate!

    August 11, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    "I'm Sarah Palin. Another one of my endorsees just lost. I am death, but gosh darn, I know how to get people to make me money!!"

    August 11, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. enviroguy

    A true mamma grizz after Palin's own heart. Quitter.

    August 11, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. cjr

    another loss for Sarah too bad!!!

    August 11, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Surprise, Surprise! Another Palin backed candidate turns out to be a loser. Chalk another up for the Wasilla Wacko!!!

    August 11, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. hypocricnnation

    Another Sarah (Yosemite Sarah!) Palin Choice Bites The Dust, And Another Sad And Pathetic Excuse Not To Point That Fact Out Here At HypocriCNN!

    August 11, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Allie F.

    Thank goodness for GA!!!! This woman too radical and a RINO!!!!

    August 11, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Larry

    Poor baby!

    Missed it by that much!

    August 11, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Nate from Atlanta

    I am so glad Handel lost. I don't want anyone endorsed by Palin anywhere near my government.

    August 11, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. SAY WHAT...

    OMG Caribou "Drill Baby Drill" Palin's and "Too Much Botox" Romney's endorsed candidate lost...looks like Republicans don't know who their leader is or what to do...good love it...

    August 11, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. observer

    I guess she figures Deal is not the unethical snake she claimed him to be...lol

    August 11, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Hahaha. The shrieking cow was wrong again. Have a nice day!

    August 11, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Ashamed American

    Palin Rebuked! So may be now she will shut up.... yeah right.

    August 11, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. ed

    It's Official with this loss:
    We can now send Sarah Falin' packin' back to Alaska! Whoo-Hoo!!!

    She has proven herself to be nothing more then a mouthpiece of what's wrong for America! Reality Style!!!

    August 11, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Terry from West Texas

    Georgians, in the tradition of that great state, will elect the candidate whose policies will reduce wages the most. Georgians are proud of their history of knuckling under to those who would exploit them. I'm sure they'll elect the Republican.

    My state, Texas, can claim many great men and women: Houston (adopted), Sam Rayburn, Lyndon Johnson, and Ann Richards to name just a few. Georgia has only produced one: Jimmy Carter.

    Lately, though, my Texas is just as disappointing as Georgia in its preference for mediocre (and worse) elected officials.

    August 11, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Tom

    The Palin "Kiss of Death" for this Mama Grizzly, lol

    August 11, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. rdepontb

    Well, this tenure in office was even shorter than M'Lady Sarah, her godmother!

    August 11, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Phil from TEXAS

    So much for the Mama Grizzly endorsement!! What a LOSER PALIN IS!!!!

    August 11, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Charles S. Gerber

    Nice to see some Republics have Brains and do not follow Palin. Still look at the number that did. Any one that Palin endorses must be unfit for office....she Beck and Rush the evil Empire in America. If the Republicans get in it is the end of America as founded by our four -fathers they will do away with the middle class and we will be a nation of Very rich and the rest peasants

    August 11, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Shannon

    Here is what I have learned from the last 30 years of American history, when we give tax breaks to the wealthy they horde the money, large corporations keep moving jobs overseas and most new US based jobs come from small businesses. So is it any surprise that any time a bill comes up that would benefit small businesses republicans dig in their heels. If small businesses can start hiring, then the recession will end and the republicans will no longer be able to say what a horrible job Obama is doing anymore. Obama isn't doing a bad job the republicans are just wiling to hurt the whole country to make it look that way.

    August 11, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Florida Joe

    Another one that Palin liked GOES DOWN IN FLAMES...........Nice work Sarah!!!!!

    August 11, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Steve

    ...wasn't she one of Palin's "Mama Grizzlies"??? Hope they don't end up on the Endangered Species list.

    August 11, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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